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Thessaloniki 48 ready to start

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The 48th Installment of the Thessaloniki Film Festival will take place in Greece's Second City from November 16 - 25, 2007.  Thessaloniki, also known by the shorter name of "Saloniki" is next to Athens the largest city in Greece and, in many ways, a more cosmopolitan city in terms of non-Greek ethnic minorities and foreign influences.  Situated on the Thessaly extension of the Greek mainland, at the crossroads of Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Macedonia and boasting the busiest Gre...

The 48th Installment of the Thessaloniki ready to open

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The 48th Installment of the Thessaloniki Film Festival will take place in Greece's Second City from November 16 - 25, 2007. Thessaloniki, also known by the shorter name of "Saloniki" is next to Athens the largest city in Greece and, in many ways, a more cosmopolitan city in terms of non-Greek ethnic minorities and foreign influences. Situated on the Thessaly extension of the Greek mainland, at the crossroads of Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Macedonia and boasting the busiest Greek port in the a...

The International Panorama of Independent Film Makers awards

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The International Panorama of Independent Film Makers (http://www.independent.gr/) having existed for 9 years hopes that it had presented an effluence of sounds and pictures which united various cultures and  promote diversity. Our goal is to continue "the dream of art's freedom ".  In the 9th International Panorama people met and bonds made in a cultural event which took place in the city where it belongs, far from the fake star system, in the era of globalization, demonstrations, s...

First titles forThe Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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The Thessaloniki International Film Festival announces the first titles selected to participate in its 48th edition. In the International Competition section, catering to first or second features by emerging filmmakers and programmed by Festival Director Despina Mouzaki, three films have been selected for their originality and impressive command of the cinematic language. In Año Uña, director Jonás Cuarón -the 26-year old son of Alfonso Cuarón- merges stills photography with the moving imag...

Mediasalles in Cannes released it annual study on European cinema attendance (+3.5%)

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Updated information on cinema-going in Europe in 2006 in the MEDIA Salles Newsletter “European Cinema Journal” no. 2/2007 (attached), presented during the Cannes Film Festival on 21 May. At the MEDIA Salles “happy hour”, the traditional gathering for cinema professionals and journalists. The President of the Association, Jens Rykær, commented: “We are happy that 2006 has seen an increase in audiences in European cinemas and that in several countries Europe’s films have obtained sign...

Closing ceremony remarks at the Thessaloniki Film Fest

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The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 16-25, 2007)The curtain came down on the 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century on Saturday, March 24 in the crowded and emotion filled Olympion Galaxia Vacation Club theater. Maya Tsokli was presenter of the ceremony. Dimitri Eipides, artistic director of the Festival, gave a prologue: “Ten days ago, at the opening ceremony I reminded you of a few moments from previous Documentary Festi...

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Awards

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The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 16-25, 2007)The ERT3 Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection, accompanied by Euros 3,000, goes to: “A SONG FOR ARGYRIS” by Stefan Haupt, USA, 2005The ERT3 Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection, accompanied by Euros 2,000, goes to:“THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT” by Ruby Yang, China/ USA, 2006The ERT3 Audience Award for a Greek film over 45’, accompa...

Closing ceremony remarks at the Thessaloniki Film Fest

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The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 16-25, 2007)The curtain came down on the 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century on Saturday, March 24 in the crowded and emotion filled Olympion Galaxia Vacation Club theater. Maya Tsokli was presenter of the ceremony. Dimitri Eipides, artistic director of the Festival, gave a prologue: “Ten days ago, at the opening ceremony I reminded you of a few moments from previous Documentary Festi...

The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival kicked in

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9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century(March 16-25, 2007)The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century opened its doors last Friday, March 16, as well as a window on the multifaceted world of documentary film. The Opening Ceremony took place in the Olympion Galaxia Vacation Club hall, in the presence of political representatives, artists from Greece and abroad, and of course cinephiles. Welcoming the public to the 9th Thessaloniki Document...

Images of the 21st Century will screen 236 docus

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The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Presents:The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 16-25, 2007)From the moment the Lumiere brothers filmed a train arriving at a station right up to today, the documentary remains the oldest, yet most current and timeless film genre. The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, as part of the year round activities of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, is celebrating its ninth ...

Cinema-going in Europe: an increase in admissions in 2006 but not everywhere.

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A better year, but not for everyone. Following a 2005 marked by a minus sign almost everywhere, the year that has just ended has represented a breath of fresh air for European cinema exhibition in general.This is what is revealed by MEDIA Salles, anticipating to the Berlin Festival the publication of figures on cinema-going in Europe in 2006, included in the “final 2006” edition of the European Yearbook, which is being presented today, 15 February, during the traditional “Italian Breakfast...

Panorama of Independent Film Makers - T.U.C.TH.- Greece : Happy New year!!!

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The Cinema Club of T.U.C.TH. - Greece, wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Creative - full of great movies - year!!! ...

Thessaloniki International Film Festival awards

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47th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALNOVEMBER 17-26, 2006The jury of the International Competition Section of the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival comprised of, Christine Vachon, Producer, (USA) PresidentPierre Rissient, Film director, distributor, film consultant (France)Katia Lund, Film director, screenwriter, producer (Brazil)Diego Galán, Film critic, film director (Spain)Mogens Rukov, Screenwriter, professor (Denmark)Xu Jinglei, Film director, screenwriter, producer, ac...

8th Panorama of Independent Film Makers - T.U.C.TH. - Greece - Call for entries

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DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE T.U.C.TH. 8th Panorama of Independent Film Makers T.U.C.TH. (December 2-9, 2006) Call for entries: Last deadline November 15th The Cinema Club of Trade Unions Centre of Thessaloniki announce the 8th Panorama of Independent Film Makers of T.U.C.TH. to be held between December 2-9 , 2006 in the Screening Hall of Trade Unions Centre in Thessaloniki, Greece. "Panorama" is open to films and videos of all genres and of running time up to 120 minutes for full length films, up t...

Greek Film Fest to open with box-office smash Sirens in the Aegean

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Greece’s most successful film Sirens in the Aegean will open the 14th annual Greek Film Festival at Palace Norton Street Cinemas on Wednesday September 13 at 6:30pm. The film directed by Nikos Perakis is a farcical tale about Greek Soldiers impounding a Turkish yacht full of illegal immigrants, two beauty pageant contestants and a camera crew. A sure fire plot to produce a very comic situation! Sirens in the Aegean is Perakis’ follow up to his 1984 cult classic Loafing and Camouflage, a sati...

Ecofilms awards its Golden Deers

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Ecofilms, the International Film & Visual Arts Festival, awarded its Golden Deers at the Rodon open air theater in Rhodes, Greece after the screening of material from the Greek News Archive featuring the evolution of its host island from 1948 to the 1980s.The jury for the Feature-Length Films shared its first prize (6,000 euro) between 2 movies: Mana: Beyond Belief (USA, 90’) by Peter Friedman and Roger Manley, and Shutka Book of Records (Czech Republic, 78’) by Aleksandar Manic. While the f...

Angelopoulos and Demopoulos dismisssed from Thessaloniki

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Angelopoulos and Demopoulos Dismissed from ThessalonikiMichel Demopoulos, the Thessaloniki fest director, has been removed from his job. Filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos was dismissed as president of the festival. Both had established the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (in November) as one of the major European events. As the Greek Deputy Minister of Culture, Petros Tatoulis, announced yesterday, April 1st, the producer Despina Mouzaki will take over the festival as director, while filmmake...

Thessaloniki awards gold to Bitter Dream from Iran

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The 45th Thessaloniki International Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday 28 November, with its awards ceremony dishing out its main prize of the Golden Alexander to Mohsen Amiryousefi’s Bitter Dream from Iran. The competition is restricted to the first three features of directors, and the festival has shunned the so-called Class A festival status, which imposes restrictions on competitive events to give it more flexibility in its selection, part of a philosophy that makes the event popular with ...

Ecocinema becomes Ecofilms

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The Ecocinema International Environmental Film Festival, which held its 4th edition earlier this year in Rhodes (Greece), has just changed its name. It is now called Ecofilms or "Rhodes International film and visual arts festival" and will be held next year on 21-26 June 2005, still on the sunny Greek island of Rhodes. The Ecofilms festival invites the participation of documentaries, shorts and features with environmental and ecology themes, encouraging conservation issues and issues related wit...

Ecocinema awards its top prize to The Corporation

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The closing ceremony of Ecocinema 4 th International Environmental Film Festival took place in the National Theatre in the city of Rhodes , Greece , due to a slightly windy weather that could have made the scheduled event in the Rodon outdoor theatre somewhat uncomfortable. Yet the indoor setting perfectly fitted the theme of the evening since the ceremony began with the screening of documentaries on Rhodes filmed by the Istituto Luce between 1924 and 1941. In fact, the theatre was built at the ...

Thessaloniki: breathe cinema not oxygen

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"Michel Demopoulos has given the Festival a new vitality, opening it up to a young audience. During the Festival, in this town, you breathe not oxygen but cinema!" Bernardo Bertolucci Some history about the festival: First held in 1960 as a modest "Week of Greek Cinema", the Thessaloniki International Film Festival has become, 43 years later, an annual event focused on the discovery and promotion of new directors from all over the world; a true celebration of film. For t...

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